FBI crack could hit iPhone sales

According to a poll carried out by Fortune, the FBI's cracking of the San Bernardino attacker's iPhone could have a knock-on effect on sales at a critical time for Apple.

Are you less likely to buy an iPhone now that you now that the FBI has the capability to crack the device? If that's the case, you're not alone.

According to a poll carried out by Fortune of more than 2,000 registered voters between April 1 and April 3, the FBI's cracking of the San Bernardino attacker's iPhone has some questioning whether they will buy a new iPhone.

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Almost a third of respondents said that they were now less likely to buy an iPhone following the iPhone crack, while 21 percent said they weren't sure yet how it would affect buying habits.

When asked about their thoughts on privacy, fully 49 percent said that they were now more concerned about their privacy.

This comes at a bad time for Apple, when iPhone sales are expected to fall.

Back in late 2015, Morgan Stanley's chief financial analyst Katy Huberty has predicted that iPhone sales will fall in 2016 by 5.7 percent. In real terms, that would mean that sales will fall from 231 million units to 218 million units.

And all this was before the US government went public with the information that it had a way into the iPhone.

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